2016 Yankee Homecoming 5K Road Race

Good morning!

On Tuesday evening, my sister and I ran the Yankee Homecoming 5K in Newburyport, Massachusetts. It was a gorgeous night (and not too hot) and the location couldn’t have been more perfect. Newburyport is absolutely adorable, and I definitely want to spend more time there soon!

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The race started and finished at Newburyport High School. Parking was a little tricky, but, luckily, we found a spot on a side street about 5 minutes away.

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Registration was a piece of cake. We didn’t wait in line and got our bibs right away.

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There was actually a shortage of safety pins, but my sister and I managed to finagle two each, so everything worked out in the end.

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Ready to run!

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Wearing: Brooks Women’s Distance Tank (on sale – $23) // Brooks Women’s Chaser 3″ Shorts (on sale – $29) // Women’s Juno Sports Bra (on sale – $30) // Brooks Glycerin 14 // Bombas Socks

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With about 10 minutes to spare, my sister and I lined up at the start line.

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And, before we knew it, we were off and running!

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The course was mostly flat and quite scenic, winding through adorable residential neighborhoods and then into the Newburyport downtown area and along the ocean. At mile 2 or so, I actually started to appreciate just how flat the course was, but, unfortunately, that feeling didn’t last very long.

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At mile 2.5-ish, there was a good-size hill, which I managed to “make my bitch” and, truthfully, I gave it everything I had, thinking I was close to the end of the race. Well, the actual end of the race was up and over another hill… and it almost killed me. Haha!

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I wanted to walk SO BADLY, but, with so many spectators and the finish line in sight, I didn’t let myself. I finished in 26:16 (8:28), which was a PW (personal worst) and even slower than the 5Ks I ran while pregnant, but, hey, I had a fun time and really enjoyed the race. It was well-organized with a beautiful course and lots of spectators. I really couldn’t have asked for a better race experience.

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Plus, the post-race celebration with my sister in Newboryport was awesome!

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After the race, we drove about 5 minutes away to the downtown area and scored a table outside overlooking the ocean at the Black Cow. It was wonderful.

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It was a gorgeous evening and post-race drinks were definitely necessary!

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We also ordered dinner and chatted well into the evening. It was such a nice way to spend a summer night with my sis!

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Question of the Day

Newburyport fans: What should we do/where should we go the next time we visit? 

20 Comments

  1. Yankee homecoming in Newburyport is so much fun! I live a couple of towns over and NBPT is a frequent destination for us this time of year. Highly recommend Brine up on the main shopping street State Street (known for oysters, crudo, steaks & inventive small plates – wine specials are legendary and I’ve discovered some great mid-range bottles and vineyards via sampling at Brine). Its sister restaurant just across the street, Ceia, puts out flavorful Spanish, Medeterranian & Portuguese inspired food – never disappointed. For a more masculine / steakhouse ambiance, Mission Oak is lovely.
    There’s a great playground behind State Street for kiddos (as well as a cool park with a dinosaur climbing structure about a 6-minute drive away, Moseley Pines Park)
    For shopping – it’s fun to browse Yesterday’s, a large kitschy antique barn by the water and just past Yesterday’s is the a great running store & the Tannery complex with a huge but cozy bookstore, coffee (Chocura) cafe, and juice shop, as well as a personal favorite destination – Newburyport Olive Oil Company – for delicious infused vinegars and oils. I almost don’t want to eat strawberries anymore without a drizzle of maple or vanilla balsamic vinegar 🙂
    Happy exploring!

  2. My husband and I have lived in Newburyport for 3 years and we never tire of simply strolling the streets! The Port Tavern is a favorite of ours, great when they open their larger windows on summery night! We love souffle’s for ice coffee (flavored beans, no syrup!) Short drive to plum island to explore the refuge and Sandy Point beach is always fun too-beautiful scenery!Bring the binoculars for the little guy-lots of birds to view:) Hope you get to explore again soon!

  3. There is this little shop with the best bath salts in Newburyport, it’s one of the downtown shops. Plum Island Soap Company! Must check them out.

  4. If I’m picturing the course correctly, those two hills you mention are at the beginning of the Newburyport Half – brutal way to start but such a beautiful course (and I think they were the worst hills of the whole race). I’m thinking about doing the Half again this year but I signed up for the Newport Half a couple weeks before and that’s a bit much for me. But if you’re looking for a Half, I recommend Newburyport!

  5. I live in Newburyport, and pinch myself all the time that I get to live in such a wonderful place. I put up with a long commute so I can feel like I’m on vacation every day 🙂 Check out The Poynt, new restaurant that is amazing. Love Atomic Coffee (coffee shop that also has beer and wine, great place for a late afternoon meeting!), Chococoa (whoopie pies) and Plum Island Coffee Roasters (by the water, love getting a coffee and sitting out by the water). Also check out plum island – there is a small airfield on the way out there where you can stop and watch planes take off (and the best taco truck ever, Metzys, is often there). Oh- and Newburyport Brewery has a lot of fun events!

  6. If you like Mexican food you should definitely go to Agave! Also, you and your sister should make a trip in the winter during Invitation Night. All the shops stay open later, and offer drinks as you browse. It’s a really nice time.

  7. I live a few blocks from the high school and my cousin and I (big fans of the blog) thought we saw you at the end of the race! Glad you loved nbpt. Newburyport is full of great spots to eat and drink – we love Agave, Ceia, Loretta, Oreganos, 17 State St Cafe (great breakfast spot and kid-friendly!), Atomic Cafe, Plum Island Coffee Roasters, Black Cow, Port City Sandwich, Mission Oak, and Andiamos! They are all walkable from downtown. We also love Newburyport Brewing Company which is a short drive away but the tap room usually has great music and Metzy’s Truck is sometimes there selling food!

  8. If you come back to Newburyport we love the tannery. It’s dog friendly, has a great bookstore and toy store. But there is also a raw vegan restaurant, it’s a little expensive but tasty food. And Quinn’s cafe which is a whole cafe just for dogs! She makes everything in the kitchen, fresh with healthy ingredients. We also love going to Ceia for dinner, really great food and seats outside to people watch.

  9. I never knew there were evening races. That high school is absolutely beautiful! It’s nice so many people showed up to cheer everyone on. Great job finishing the race!

  10. It’s so fun to read the other comments about NBPT — I lived there for three years and loved it! Check out all the stuff others have mentioned, and be sure to take Quinn to the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center. In the summer they have an open touch tank of sea creatures and kid- and family-friendly activities. All the Mass Audubon locations have great family programs, but I have to personally plug Joppa Flats because I worked there. The staff is amazing and can share lots of insight on the coast and beach. If you want a great evening activity for grown ups, check out the Screening Room – it shows offbeat and indie movies. Also, for a short exploratory hike with Q or Murphy you can check out Deer Island (between Newburyport and Amesbury), or for longer hikes, go to Maudslay State Park. Great paths, dogs can be off leash, and beautiful views of the river. YEAT!

  11. Glad you enjoyed Newburyport, it’s such a great place I love it there! I live near by and my fiancee and I forgot about the race and got stuck trying to get into town oops : ) We were actually at the Black Cow at the same time chatting about our possible rehearsal dinner! Hope you had a great night

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